Wits Art Museum
Opened in early 2012 as part of the University of Witwatersrand, the Wits Art Museum exhibits works from the school’s 9000-piece strong collection of African art. Situated within a huge, shiny new building (itself an architectural masterpiece) on the Wits campus, reconceptualised from a former building by architects Nina Cohen and Fiona Garson.
Inside, the sparse, industrial spaces leave plenty of room for thought, as pieces are scattered delicately throughout airy spaces (buildings, actually) and mezzanines that comprise the museum. On display are works from Wits’ collection – the largest African collection in the southern part of the continent – which include pieces from throughout history, with special attention to the 20th and 21st centuries. Among the artists shown are painters Irma Stern, Walter Battiss and Maggie Laubser and Gladys Mgudlandlu, Durant Sihlali, and bronze sculptures by Sydney Kumalo and Edoardo Villa.